My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


I Have No Formula

That is a blanket answer to the many questions I’ve been getting that all start with:

“Do you have a formula for [knitting pattern or technique]? ”

No, I do not.

Allow me to explain.

Many many many many (many) years ago, when I started high school, I took Algebra One. And just barely squeaked through it. Next year I took Geometry. That went marginally better.

Then came Algebra Two.

Sadly, our teacher died at the very beginning of the school year and we had a couple of months of a parade of substitute teachers who were little more than babysitters. By the time we got a permanent teacher, I was hopelessly lost.

(In retrospect, I wonder how I managed to pass Algebra Two. Because I did pass.)

Senior year of high school I took no math class.

Fast forward to my freshman year of college. In order to fulfill the requirements for my degree, I was required to take 3 credits of mathematics. I took a course called “Concepts of Mathematics” that was recommended for liberal arts students. There were pictures in the textbook. The professor who taught the course was, I believe, chosen for that duty by virtue of having drawn the short straw.

This is a long way of saying that I suck at anything that involves numbers and counting. The idea of creating a formula for something gives me a fit of the vapours and I have to lie in a darkened room with a cool cloth on my head until the mind-fugue passes. Like Mick Jagger, I have to turn my head until my darkness goes.

I know that other smarter and far less numbers-challenged people than I have come up with whizz-bang calculators for all sorts of knitting related stuff so I suggest you google for those. 🙂

Lucy Sez


I can’t count, either.